The University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine Phase II complex marks a bold new aesthetic in South Lake Union. In aluminum, glass and metal, the building’s form reveals its functionality and expresses an open, modern architecture that is a departure from other medical and scientific buildings in the region. From its inviting courtyard nestled CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$260.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio the lab and administration buildings, to its landscaped cross-connection between two main streets, the design emphasizes integration within the neighborhood and surroundings.
Research laboratories are the core program for the three-building, 440,000-square-foot complex. The UW School of Medicine performs state-of-the-art biomedical research in these facilities, as a national leader in research grants from the National Institutes of Health and many international agencies. Planning was focused on facilitating communication and interaction through an open laboratory design, supported by adjacent specialty labs. Adding to research capabilities is the unique lab flexibility, which enables space to adapt to emerging technologies and research objectives.
Initial research disciplines are bio-medicine, genomics and bio-informatics. Common spaces, conferencing and break areas on every floor are placed to encourage interaction and team-building among scientists and technicians. Additional major elements for the complex include an administrative office building serving all of the School of Medicine, plus support and amenity spaces, including conferencing, auditorium and food service.